- The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine
“Grandfather” beats and abuses the nine-year-old Mam and sells her virginity to a Chinese merchant to cover a gambling debt.
- CHINA DAWN: The Story of a Technology and Business Revolution
Sheff smartly juxtaposes their story with detailed descriptions of the effect of the Internet on Mainland life, including its pivotal role in shaping Chinese public opinion about the U.S.
- A VOICE FROM THE WILDERNESS: The Story of Anna Howard Shaw
A concluding author's note fleshes out Shaw's story, while—ironically—emphasizing certain events more than those covered in the chronicle.
- Spirit of Endurance: The True Story of the Shackleton Expedition to the Antarctic
Their imaginations stirred, many readers will want to tackle her earlier volume for more of the story.
- Nankering with the Rolling Stones: The Untold Story of the Early Days
Mostly a series of snickering anecdotes, this "untold story" is far from definitive or shocking.
- HATE CRIME: The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas
Suspecting that she's assigned the story only because she's black, King arrives in Jasper fearful and doubting her journalistic objectivity.
- Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
Still, sentimentalists and animal lovers should flock to this story.
- MOB: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime
Pistone's book about his shadowy life deep under cover as Donnie Brasco; instructions on administering a hit from the 1973 autobiography Killer, by "Joey," written with David Fisher; and a selection from Pileggi's Casino.
- THE CAT FROM HUE: A Vietnam War Story
Laurence and his crew specialized in covering the war up close, and he saw more than his share of action.
- POWER FAILURE: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron
(Mar. 25)Forecast:Although it's possible that the reading public's interest in Enron has faded, Watkins's name on this book's cover and the timing—a good six months after the rush of Enron books—will help sales.
- Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves
Archival photographs and illustrations contribute to the historical accuracy of the stories but the design, unfortunately, looks institutional.
- A HERO OF OUR OWN: The Story of Varian Fry
Fry remains somewhat elusive here, but he is a dynamic character and this vivid telling of his story, which the author will promote in New York, should sell well if it is widely reviewed.
- Earth, Water, and Sky: A Naturalist's Stories and Sketches
Not stories after all but brief, accessible essays, these instructive writings by ornithologist Johnsgard (a professor at the University of Nebraska) cover the lives, behaviors and habitats of many North American birds, from "The Tree Quail of Mexico" to "The Elusive Musk Duck."
- LI'L DAN, THE DRUMMER BOY: A Civil War Story
A CD of Maya Angelou's reading (tucked into the back cover) is an added bonus.
- HUNTING DOWN SADDAM: The Inside Story of the Search and Capture
The grand finale is, of course, Saddam's capture in a "spiderhole" outside Tikrit, where the story had to end in order to meet the publication deadline.